Building Your Best Argument

Building Your Best Argument

by Cecil Kuhne


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Through the sheer volume of litigation facing the courts, complete, concise and well-reasoned arguments are demanded of today's lawyers. Both trial and appellate benches are more dependent than ever on well-prepared written arguments of counsel, particularly because many decisions occur without any oral argument. In cases where oral argument is permitted, there are additional challenges including rigid time constraints that make every statement count.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604428384
Publisher: American Bar Association
Publication date: 07/16/2011
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


1 The Battle of Persuasion: Harder Than It Looks 1

2 Simple and Direct: Clarity Counts 5

3 Leading Off: The Importance of a Strong Introduction 17

4 Summarily Speaking: An Overviews Significance 27

5 Just the Facts: Setting Up the Background 37

6 Short Bursts: For Diminishing Attention Spans 51

7 History of the Case: The Devil is in the Details 61

8 Statutory Construction: It Can be Critical 77

9 Legislative Purpose: Determining Congressional Intent 95

10 Discussing Case Law: An Overlooked Art Form 107

11 Your Opponents Argument: The Key to Effective Challenges 123

12 Policy Considerations: They Often Count 141

13 Obsessive-Compulsive: Organization Is Key 155

14 Stellar Examples 187

Index 255

About the Author 265

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